At Severnbanks Primary School we recognise the importance of enterprise education and aim to create an enterprising ethos throughout the school. Enterprise is embedded in the whole school curriculum and ethos. Children are encouraged to participate in many aspects of school life through the pupil school council, teaching and learning, various committees and working with and in the community.
We see enterprise as a way to foster and develop core skills in real situations; to promote education for citizenship; to enhance pupil’s personal and social development; to provide opportunities for pupils to make informed choices and decisions. Many of the school’s activities easily lend themselves to enterprise education.
An activity can be classed as enterprising by: - Having a real reason for it e.g. producing posters to raise awareness about need to recycle, making calendars to sell at a community Christmas Fair. - Children taking over-all responsibility for planning and decision making for the project e.g. organising a sponsored event for charity, putting on an exhibition/assembly for parents.
The teacher is the facilitator and is on hand to offer advice and guidance. The extent of teacher intervention will depend on the age/stage and previous experience of the children involved.
Activities can be classed as enterprising if the above criteria are met. Enterprising activities can be divided into four main types – Event, Display of Knowledge, Campaign and Selling. They can be delivered either as stand alone or with a cross-curricular focus.
Our Year 6 pupils form our Severnbanks Enterprise and organise a variety of events that are supported by our school community.They are currently working very hard (not only on their learning) but also preparing for forthcoming events.